Field Trips, Events, & Experiential Learning

The heart of the Economics, Sustainability and Society (ECOS) program is experiential learning through field trips, guest speakers, and class projects. Internships and practicums are also available and students are encouraged to engage in summer jobs and internships in sustainability areas.

Xavier University Sustainability Field Trips Spring 2014

Sponsored by the Senior Administrative Fellow for Sustainability and the Environmental Imagination Sustainability Committee, and Sustainability Office. View pictures and videos from past events at

Thursday, March 20: Sustainability and Gender

Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: TBA
Sustainability and Gender—Join a discussion about women’s suffrage and sustaining gendered political agency. This event is held on campus. For more information contact Marita von Weissenberg, 
Possible class topics: gender, citizenship, history (U.S. and European)

Monday, March 24: "Sanctity of Sanctuary" film screening

Time: 3-6 pm
Location: TBA
“Sanctity of Sanctuary” award-winning film screening by Producer/Director Blis DeVault, followed by multiclass discussion. Open to the public.
Possible class topics: subsistence lifestyle, native plants, botanical medicine, entrepreneurship, community, fossil fuels 

Wednesday, March 26: "Sanctity of Sanctuary" film screening


Time: 7-9:30 pm
Location: TBA
A second showing of the film “Sanctity of Sanctuary."


Thursday, March 27: Cookout and Conversation

Time: 11:30-2:00

Location: TBA
Cookout and Conversation with faculty, staff and students at Nexus Community Garden/Urban Farm
Possible class topics: subsistence lifestyle, native plants, botanical medicine, entrepreneurship, community, fossil fuels 


Friday, March 28: Tour of Carriage House Farm

Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: TBA
Tour of Carriage House Farm and Local Foods lunch with Paul Strauss and Richard Stewart Learn about a local example of land reclamation and sustainable agriculture with two important ecological do-ers.
Possible class topics: local history, urban history, local and sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship 

Friday, April 4: Tower Gardens

Time: 3-5 pm
Location: TBA
Tower Gardens with Meghan Fronduti. Learn about a method of gardening that involves little water and space. It can be done on a patio or balcony in an urban setting. This event will be held on campus.
Possible class topics: urban agriculture, technology 

Friday, April 25: Tour of French Park

Time: 3-5 pm
Location: French Park
One hour walking tour of beautiful 275-acre French Park with Michael S. George, Cincinnati Parks Naturalist and Nature Center Director, focused on the ecology and history of this area, with a special emphasis on spring (this park is known for its fossils and spring wildflowers)!  Meet at the parking area on the left, halfway up the hill and across from French House, after entering park from Section Rd. entrance.  Free and open to all.
Possible class topics: natural resources, connection to land, history